Blair Lewis' 1-over 73 on Sunday gave the Aggies their third different leader in as many days as the UC Davis women's golf team moved a step closer to a berth in match play at the NCAA Championships at The Concession Golf Club.
The third round was halted by lightning before being resumed and succumbing to darkness later. Six teams will finish the round on Monday morning.
The Aggies shot an 18-over 306 team score and are in ninth place after three rounds. The top 15 teams after the third round will qualify to play a final round of stroke play later Monday. The top eight teams after the fourth round will head to the match play quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Golf Channel will provide nationally televised coverage of the final round of stroke play on Monday and also match play on Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday's coverage will run from 1-4 p.m. (PDT).
UC Davis is 51 over par after 54 holes on a challenging golf course that is receiving great reviews from players and coaches for being a great test for this inaugural national championship format.
"The course was awesome today," said Aggie head coach Anna Temple. "It's a challenging layout and we are really enjoying the competition. It's so important to have everyone on the team give their best effort."
Lewis provided the spark for UC Davis on Sunday, shooting a team-best 73. The Aggies have had a different player lead the team each day. Paige Lee had a 73 on Friday while Betty Chen shot 72 on Saturday.
"The beauty of our team is that any day, any one of our players can really step up and make an impact," said Temple. "Paige did it in the first round, Betty did it in the second, and Blair did it in the third. We are looking forward to the opportunity to competing for a spot in the match play portion. Tomorrow will be a great test of golf for everyone!"
Lee backed up Lewis' round with a 3-over 75, Beverly Vatananugulkit shot 77, Andrea Wong had an 81 and Chen carded an 83. Lee is tied for 30th at 11 over, Lewis, Wong and Chen are each tied for 57th at 17 overall, and Vatananugulkit is 18 over and tied for 67th.
Top-ranked USC continued to lead the tournament and is 28 over with part of its third round yet to be played. It leads No. 4 Duke by three shots with Arizona (+41), Tennessee (+44) and Baylor (+46) rounding out the top five. The battle for the eight match play berths on Monday will be a tight one. Just 10 shots separate fifth through 12th place.
Lewis, who led UC Davis with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA South Bend Regional two weeks ago, capitalized on birdies on two of her first three holes to quickly get into red numbers. Five bogeys and two pars put her 2 over after 10 holes but she finished strong with a birdie on the par3 11th and par-5 17th during a 1-under back nine.
Lee posted two birdies overall and was just 1 over on her final nine holes during a consistent round that also saw her collect 12 pars. Vatananugulkit also played a strong back nine, going just 1 over while picking up a birdie on the 17th. Wong was just 3 over on the back while Chen opened with a 4-over front nine.
Emma Talley of Alabama has the individual lead after shooting 73 on Sunday for a par-216 total. She leads Monica Vaughn of Arizona State by one shot.
The fourth round will be played after the third round is finished and any ties to determine the top 15 teams are resolved. Completion of the third round starts at 4:30 a.m. (PDT) on Monday.